Why Do Kids Need Chiropractic?
There are periods of time when skeletal growth is accelerated (Growth Spurts) during which balance in the muscles and joints is especially important. Chiropractors help make sure there are no structural restrictions or imbalances during this crucial growing time.
Just like the bones of the skeleton, your child’s nervous system is also developing at a rapid rate. The nervous system includes the brain, the spinal cord, and all the millions of nerves that serve every inch of your body and control most of its functions. Just like the bones need proper joint motion for optimal development, so do the nerves in order to develop optimal communication. Chiropractic adjustments facilitate optimal nervous system function, which contributes to your child’s overall health in amazing ways.
Although the basic premise for chiropractic care is the same whether the patient is 80 years old or 8 minutes old, the ever-growing and changing active little bodies of children have distinct needs depending on their developmental stage. Generally, children respond much faster and more profoundly to chiropractic care than adults do. They have not subjected their bodies to the same years of abuse that we have.
Another major difference is that pain is not usually a primary complaint. This can make it more difficult for parents to know when kids need to visit their chiropractor. There are certain “clues” that we can watch for to gain more understanding in this area, such as postural changes, only wanting to breast feed from one side, being off-balance, always tilting their head to one side, and running with a limp. The specific techniques utilized vary depending on the unique needs of individual children and what stage of development they are currently in.
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